Derek Spencer

Prosecuting Attorney
Title: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Phone: 573-634-9180
Derek Spencer

Derek Spencer obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.  While in college, Derek presided over the inaugural Model Mississippi Senate, a mock state senate that debated Mississippi public policy.  In addition to being active with politics, Derek worked as a TV News Anchor for NewsWatch99, the University’s local cable news channel.  

Derek received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016 and was a recipient of "The Order of the Barristers” a distinction that recognizes students who excel in courtroom advocacy.  During his third year of law school, Derek was one of three members of the Mizzou Law trial team that won the Attorney General’s Cup.  The Attorney’s General Cup is awarded to the top trial team among the four Missouri law schools and prior to 2016 Mizzou Law had only won the Cup once.  Derek also competed on the National Trial Competition trial team and the American Bar Association Labor and Employment trial team.  During his third year of law school Derek received the R. David Ray Trial Advocacy Award, the Roscoe Anderson Award for Excellence in Advocacy, and the Ike Skelton, Sr. Prize, as well as the CALI Award for Trial Practice, which recognizes the top grade earner for the Trial Practice course in the fall of 2015.  During law school Derek was a pupil member of the Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court.

Derek was licensed to practice law in Missouri in September of 2016.  Prior to working for Cole County, Derek interned for the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in his hometown of Poplar Bluff, Missouri during his first year of law school.  In his second year of law school, he interned for the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. During his third year of law school, Derek interned for the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney’s office both semesters before being hired full-time.

Derek has attended the following trainings:

  • 2016 Missouri State Highway Patrol National Homicide Seminar in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2017 NDAA Evidence for Prosecutor’s Conference in South Padre Island, Texas
  • 2017 MOPS DWI/Traffic Safety and DRE Recertification Conference
  • 2016 MOPS “Prosecutor Bootcamp”
  • Spring and Fall Statewide Training provided by the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services (MOPS) every year since Fall of 2015

Derek currently handles the following felony and misdemeanor offenses for Cole County: 

  • Assaults
  • Fugitives from Justice
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Driving while Intoxicated
  • Minor in Possession of an Intoxicating Liquor
  • Driving While Revoked
  • Traffic offenses
  • Conservation offenses

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